January 14, 2021
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Heart Health News
A study published in the journal PLOS Medicine, based on 90,211 participants who wore fitness-tracking devices, found incidence of cardiovascular disease decreased as the amount of moderate to vigorous physical activity increased, with no upper limit. A study published in the journal Heart found exercise may reduce some of the higher risk for adverse cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality linked to controlled hypertension.
Full Story: Healio (free registration) (1/13),  CNN (1/12) 
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A study published in the European Heart Journal linked alcohol consumption of as little as one drink per day with a higher risk of atrial fibrillation. The risk was found regardless of age or other cardiovascular risk factors.
Full Story: Healio (free registration)/Cardiology Today (1/13) 
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Adults who had an ideal level of dietary niacin intake had a reduced risk of new-onset hypertension, according to a study published in JAMA Network Open. The findings were based on data from 12,243 adults in China.
Full Story: Medical Dialogues (1/8) 
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Emerging Trends
Two studies published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found US mortality rates for ischemic heart disease and hypertensive disorders have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, while global cardiac diagnostic testing decreased by 64% from March 2019 to April 2020. Researchers suggested the increase in cardiovascular-related deaths may be due to the pandemic's indirect effects on cardiovascular outcomes and health care system factors.
Full Story: Healio (free registration)/Cardiology Today (1/11) 
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A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Cardiology found that from 2008 to 2017, rates of major depression, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorder increased among patients hospitalized with myocardial infarction. Schizophrenia rates among this patient population decreased.
Full Story: Healio (free registration) (1/12) 
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Nursing in the News
Integrated EHR interfaces reduce nurse burnout risk
Nurses are less likely to experience EHR-related burnout if they have high personal digital literacy and use EHRs with integrated displays, according to a review. The amount of data in EHRs is likely to increase, and nurses should be equipped with skills to use data to support clinical decisions, the researchers wrote.
Full Story: EHR Intelligence (1/7) 
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PCNA Update
"Burnout is a dangerous manifestation of stressors affecting the health care team, individual well-being, and the safety of patients. Recognizing the signs of burnout, seeking support, and implementing work strategies will help to combat burnout." The above is an excerpt from a recent article covering the causes of burnout and the individual and systems-level ways we can combat it. Read the article.
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Registration is now open for PCNA's 27th Cardiovascular Nursing Symposium. This year our meeting will be held virtually and separated into three events so you can conveniently attend them all. Register for any or all of the events:
  • Pharmacology Course: February 26
  • General Sessions: April 8-9
  • Skill Building Workshop: May 6-7
This year's meeting will continue our tradition of combining clinically-relevant content presented by world-renowned experts with a vibrant atmosphere that allows you to return to your practice rejuvenated and energized. Learn more.
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